The separation of church and state has caused yet another controversy. This time the ordeal reportedly took place at the Manhattan Beach Middle School in Los Angeles. According to Breitbart, the unidentified parents of the middle-school aged boy were quite furious when they learned the details of an assignment he brought home from school.
The boy's father shared his sentiments of the lesson with KTLA. He also gave a detailed account of what he read about the assignment. While he and his wife do not have an issue with the teaching of the historical aspects of the Islamic religion, they do not understand why the children are being taught about Islamic faith and beliefs. The students were reportedly asked to cite "tenets" of Islam and teachings from the Qur'an.
"The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach 'em whatever religion they please; it's preposterous. This is illegal, basically. You can't teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that's not the case," the father said.
He continued, "What I saw written in these bubbles was, 'The one true God, Allah' in one of the bubbles. In one of the other bubbles was 'All people must submit to Allah,' in another bubble. The I turned the page over and I see the five pillars of Islam."
The parents feel the students should be taught the history of Islamic culture as opposed to the details about religions doctrine. They also cited a substantial number of possibilities that would occur if students were ordered to recite or write down the 10 commandments. Of course, many people wouldn't be pleased with that type of directive. So, they feel the same rules should apply with Islamic assignments since the study is based on religion.
"Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?" the father asked rhetorically.
The boy's mother also chimed in with her sentiments, adding, "And if it ended with the Declaration of the Faith, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior? That's what the equivalent, I mean, part of us, for our son? We'd be happy about that."
"But some parents may not be," the father cited.
The parents also brought their concerns to the attention of school administrators, but to no avail. According to KTLA, the school refuses to make any changes to the assignments and refused to release a statement in regards to the situation.